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Sustainability Matters: From Small Acorns...

An exhibition of fiber art

Sept 3 - Oct 30 | Andrea Finch

8 AM - 4 PM (M - F) | Frances Plecker Education Center

Sustainability Matters is a new Virginia collaborative, working together for conservation education and community building. Since January 2018, we've organized over 80 programs and events from Harrisonburg through Fauquier Co. We make sustainability happen by making it fun, realistic, and accessible.  Our themes include sustainable gardening and agriculture, nature conservation, environmental awareness, and animal welfare. Our partners are farms, arboretums, non-profits, and government agencies.

Sustainability Matters' projects range from planting pollinator habitat at landfills to organizing community festivals like Earth Day Shenandoah, the Northern Shenandoah Valley's largest Earth Day event. Keep track of our educational workshops, nature discovery walks, plant, seed & produce swaps, environmental trivia nights, and visual art exhibitions on Facebook and Instagram (@SustainabilityMattersVA), Twitter (@smattersva), or by emailing us at

"From Small Acorns..." is Sustainability Matters' third art exhibition curated by Trudi Van Dyke. For this one, we've chosen to focus on oaks, the host of more biodiversity than any other plant, and hence Sustainability Matters' signature tree. Like an oak sapling from an acorn, we've grown rapidly, and intend to become a mighty environmental force!

Artist Andrea Finch has participated in all three of Sustainability Matters' exhibitions. Her fascination with native trees, especially oaks, echoes Sustainability Matters' own. Andrea expresses her multi-layered approach to design primarily in fiber, using the sewing machine as a pen and the fabric as paper. Her creations call to be observed and experienced from many angles. Her three loves, horticulture, quilting, and photography, ferment into fabric works that leap off the surface.

Andrea's work can be found at the Foundry Artist Co-op in her hometown of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and at Artful Dimensions Gallery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Check it out on Facebook (@AFinchSongCreation).


Closing Reception & Meet the Artist: Wednesday, October 30, 5 pm
Halloween Attire Encouraged



January - February | Erica Lohan
March - April | Jackie Labovitz
May - June | Tony DiStefano
July - August | Ann Currie & Christine Andreae


Janurary - February | Gene Gibb
March - April | Kelli Hertzler
May - June | Carol Kirkham Martin
July - August | Dabney Kirchman
Sept - Oct | Celia Culver Rutt
Nov - Dec | Lynn Whitmore


January - February | Jessica Horting + Sarah Phillips
March - April | Nadia Louderback
May - June | Tamara Gibson
July - August | Nancy Spahr
September - October | Sharon Strite
November - December | Joyce Ellis Overby


January - February | Deborah Davis
March - April | Mia LaBerge
May - June | Carol Kirkham Martin
July - August | Annette Naber
September - October | Martha Crider Henderson
November - December | Janet Pearlman


January - February | Celia Culver Rutt
March - April | Janet Lee Wright
May - June | Denise Kanter Allen
July - August | Manita K. Bentley
September |Arboretum Employees
October | Jeremiah Morris
November |Elaine Hurst


January - February | Brian Ripley
March - April | Sarah Phillips
May - June | Paige Ramsey
July - August | Lynda Chandler
September - December | Jewel Yoder Hertzler
November - December | Brenda Fairweather


January - February | JMU Art Students Exhibit
March - April | Marilyn Banner
May - June | Anita Cooper
July - August | Gabrielle Gill
September - October | Jeffery Stockberger
November - December | Judith N. Ligon


January 2012 | Evan McGrew
February - March | Christine Andreae
April - May | Frank Ceravalo
June - July | Steven Johnson
August - September | Janet Cardwell
October | A Collective Exhibit of Children's Botanical Drawings
November - December | Carl 'Spike' Knuth


May - June | Ed Gowen
July - August | Barbara Wachter
September | Matalie Griffin Rivard Deane
October - November | Carolyn Ratcliffe
December |Evan McGrew

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

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